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Emory Nursing, Public Health have 'Eyes on the Opioid Crisis'

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The Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Rollins School of Public Health are pleased to present the 2018 David C. Jowers Lecture: Eyes on the Opioid Crisis on Thursday, Oct. 11. This includes a new, expanded format going from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with discussion panels examining policy, practice, and science impacted by this crisis.

The David Jowers Endowed Lectureship was established to attract educators, medical practitioners and others to address topics related to nursing care related to 1) patient safety and the rendering of high quality nursing care and/or 2) HIV infection, AIDS, and other infectious diseases, the treatment of patients and the care of families faced with these illnesses, and the training of students and research in these areas. The lecture will share with students, faculty, health care providers and members of the community important information about these subjects.

More than 130 people die each day from opioid-related overdoses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In their 2016-2017 data, the HHS also says 11.4 million Americans misused prescription opioids during that time.

This year’s keynote address features Jackie Rowles, DNP, MBA, MA, CRNA, ANP-BC, DPNAP, DAIPM, FAAN. Rowles is the Nurse Anesthesia Program Director and an Associate Professor in the Leighton School of Nursing at Marian University in Indianapolis, IN, as well as a Clinical Instructor for their College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC) with internationally recognized leadership and clinical expertise in the specialty of pain management. Rowles also served as an item writer for the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetist's Non-Surgical Pain Management certification examination.

Speaking on the panels are national experts in several areas relevant to the U.S. opioid crisis. This includes speakers who have made it their life’s work to understand opioid addiction from a policy, practice, and scientific standpoint. Cammie Rice, founder of CWC, will speak on how the opioid crisis has had a personal impact. Her story will help lead off a day of panel discussions related to the policy, practice, and science of the U.S. opioid crisis.

The 2018 Jowers Lecture will be held at the Lawrence P. & Ann Estes Klamon Room in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building of the Rollins School of Public Health from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. RSVP is requested.

“This lecture is important for healthcare professionals, students, and any one of the millions of families impacted by the opioid crisis,” says Kelly Wiltse Nicely, PhD, CRNA, Assistant Professor, Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program (DNP) at Emory Nursing. “The more we inform ourselves about this crisis, the closer we as a society come to managing it and eventually eliminating it.”

To view the complete schedule of panel discussions and register for all or individual sessions, visit, The 2018 David C. Jowers Lecture.




2018 Jowers Lecture Panelists 

Hannah Cooper, ScD, SM

Dr. Cooper is vice chair for the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health. She also serves as co-director of the Prevention Sciences Core for Emory University's Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and Director of the RSPH Program on the Social Determinants of Health and of the RSPH Certificate Program in the Sociocontextual Determinants of Health.  Her research includes studying the social determinants of health, with a particular focus on the social determinants of drug use, drug users' health, and health disparities. 

Natalie Crawford, PhD

Dr. Crawford is an assistant professor at the Rollins School of Public Health in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Her research has includes examining the intersection of and social network relationships on high-risk drug and sexual behaviors. Dr. Crawford's research aims to inform structural interventions and policies that reduce substance use, high-risk drug and sexual behaviors, and ultimately racial and ethnic disparities in HIV. 

 Stephen Dudley, MD

Dr. Dudley is a triple board certified psychiatrist, addictionologist, and addiction psychiatrist in practice for 14 years and assistant professor at the Emory School of Medicine. From 2010 until 2016, Dr. Dudley headed the Suboxone/Buprenorphine clinic at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Additionally, in 201 Dr. Dudley was the lead physician at Regain in Villa Rica, GA an intensive outpatient program for professionals struggling with addiction.

Christy Norman, Pharm D

Christy M. Norman, PharmD, MS, is the vice president of pharmacy services at Emory Healthcare. Norman leads pharmacy services across Emory Healthcare's full enterprise, providing strategic leadership to manage pharmacy services, as well as administrative support to all hospital and clinic pharmacies throughout the Emory system.  

Sheila Pierce, MPA

Sheila Pierce is the Opioid Program Coordinator and Director of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program for the Georgia Department of Public Health. She previously served as Deputy Director of the Office of Vital Records within DPH. 

Nicholas Smith

In his role as Director of Policy & External Affairs, Nicholas Smith serves as the Office of the Attorney General’s liaison on public policy matters, government and community relations and legislative affairs.  

Anne Spaulding, MD, MPH

Dr. Spaulding serves is an associate professor of epidemiology in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and has a joint appointment in the School of Medicine. She is experienced in conducting research and evaluations in correctional settings and has developed a course on correctional health epidemiology at Rollins.



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